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SLRossi Aug 22, 2007 08:47 AM

Looking for suggestions in Riomaggiore.


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    tlew12778 Sep 3, 2007 05:51 AM

    No suggestions for Riomaggiore but there is a bar/cafe in Vernazza that has mussels that are out of this world. I don't think it has a name out front, but if you have the beach to your back (there is only tiny piazza in Vernazza) it's the bar in the left corner of the piazza. The environment is nothing to write home about but the seafood is phenomenol.

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    1. re: tlew12778
      Betty Sep 4, 2007 06:49 PM

      This is just the kind of info I was looking for. We'll be staying in Vernazza for 3 nights next summer. First time to that part of Italy, can not wait.

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        roma_girl Oct 16, 2007 04:57 PM

        For Vernazza definitely to go the restaurant near the beginning of the hiking trail to Corniglia (I think it is called Ristorante la Torre)--follow the signs up the back alleys in Vernazza that point to the trail to Corniglia. It is kind of a hike up the stairs and a little bit of trail but it is great. Wonderful view too--you look down over vernazza while eating. The spaghetti ai frutti di mare is awesome (prawns, clams, mussels, squid) and the mussels are to die for. They come in a big cast iron pot and cooked with tomatoes and white wine. I think the restaurant is owned by a brother/sister--if you get there early the sister's kids are in there doing homework. The pesto lasagna is also amazing (but rich). I stay in Vernazza every time I am in Italy and only eat at this restaurant. Fresh, simple food and the pasta with seafood actually tastes of the sea. I love it.

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      suem Aug 22, 2007 09:21 AM

      Don't miss La Lanterna! We have eaten there a few times and really enjoyed the experience. Book ahead to secure a table on the patio, and enjoy the view over the small harbour whilst dining on seafood pasta and other fabulous dishes served up by the friendly owner.

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        SLRossi Oct 16, 2007 12:07 PM

        This ended up being one of my favorite meals in Italy. The simple Ligurian fare was just what I was in the mood for. Service was spotty at best, but friendly and helpful when they were at your table.

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